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Barn fire kills 40 horses in Wadena County

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VERNDALE, Minn. - Authorities are investigating an early Sunday fire in Wadena County that killed 40 horses.

The fire at R & J Horse Sales, a half-mile west of Verndale, was reported just after 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release.

Responding firefighters from Verndale and the Wadena County Sheriff's Department discovered the blaze in the southwest side of the building. Surrounding communities also responded to fire, the release said.

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